Winter Guests was established in 2006 as a producing and touring company for work created by choreographer and director Alan Lucien Øyen. What began as a works outsetting in dance with the use of some text, has fractioned into two parallel lines of work; choreographic work with dancers, and staging of plays with actors. The company now produces mainly theatre works written by Alan Lucien Øyen and or in collaboration with the performers, while Øyen continues to stage commissioned dance performances for dance companies around the world. Winter Guests received great critical acclaim for the 2009 production of "AMERICA – Visions of Love", a play about writing a screen-play f...
Alan Lucien Øyen educated as a dancer in 2001. He worked with Carte Blanche until 2005 when he joined Amanda Millers company Pretty Ugly where he worked one year. Alan has been staging works since 2004 supported by the Norwegian Arts Council. Besides creating work for winter guests, Alan receives commissions from companies in Norway and Abroad. Among companies that have Alan’s work in their repertoire are The Norwegian National Ballet”, Norways National company for Contemporary Dance, Skaanes Dance theatre and Iceland Dance Company. Alan write, direct and choreographs. He has won several awards for his choreographic works.
Andrew started work as an actor at the age of 18. He has appeared in plays and West End musicals as well as on film and TV. Apart from work as an Associate Director of some of the world’s most successful musicals, including Les Misérables and Mamma Mia!, he devised, directed and performed in Anonymous Society, which won an Edinburgh First Award, the Total Theatre Award for best physical theatre piece and the TMA Award for best new musical. He devised and directed Some Girls are Bigger than Others, based on songs by The Smiths, which opened in London and toured Nationally. Amongst smaller productions, he has directed Crave, by Sarah Kane, Footfalls and Come and Go by Samu...
Suzie Davies was educated as a dancer with London Contemporary dance school. After freelancing in England and Denmark she went on to work with Carte Blanche - Norway's national company for contemporary dance where she stayed untill 2004. Since then Suzie has freelanced as performer and collaborater in Sweeden and Norway, working closely with choreographer Karen Foss and the company Quiet Works. Suzie performs in “In time and it will snow”. “AMERICA - Visions of love” marks Suzies debut as an actress.
Kate Pendry was born in London, but has been living in Oslo since 1995. With a background from classical theatre Kate has spent the last fifteen years working in electronic art, extreme performance art and radio. Besides performing she is a radio-host for www.radiorakel.no as well as active columnist for the feminist magazine Fett. Pendry is a published playwright and also stages her own theatre work. Kate performs in “AMERICA - Visions of love” and "COELACANTH". katependry.com
Leander Øyen is a little boy who likes to play football. He has been dragged into his uncle's from an early age and currently enjoys it! (Though it was not always so...) Leander performs in "Autobiography of unevents" and "AMERICA - Visions of love". Leander is 12 years old and lives in Bergen.
Daniel was born in Argentina and educated with Teatro Cólon School of dance in Buenos Aires. Since then Daniel has worked in a range of Ballet companies and contemporary companies in Europe and South America. Since 2006 Proietto has been freelancing and has worked with choreographers such as Ina Christel Johannesen, Amanda Miller, Sharon Eyal and Ohad Naharin. Daniel is an award winning dancer and choreographer and received 1st prize at Hanover international choreography competition in 2007. Since 2008 Daniel has been working with Russel Maliphant Company in London. Daniel received great critical acclaim for his interpretation of Russel Maliphant's solo "Afterlight" and ...
Sigve is a self taught lighting designer with a broad experience from working with ligths on all levels. Sigve has work as a technichian, technical manager and a lighting designer within several institutions around Norway. Sigve did light design for “Autobiography of unevents”, “I am waiting for you to stop waiting” and “Before Long”.
Yvonne Øyen was educated as an actress with the Academy for dramatic arts in Bergen. She has since then worked as a freelance artist serving engagements both within institutions and on a project basis. Over a great number of years Øyen has done series of plays performing multiple characters next to director Frode Rasmussen as her only co-star on stage. She received great critical acclaim for her interpretation of Ophelia in Nordland Teater's production of Hamlet in the year 2000. Yvonne performs in "What's not to love?" and "Sad story 6 & 8"
Krysten is born in Philadelphia, but lives and works in London. She has appeared in numerous musicals on Broadway and West end and is currently featuring in the secual to the Hollywood blockbuster The Decent 2. Krysten is guest-appearing in the piece “AMERICA - Visions of love”. http://www.myspace.com/krystencummings
Åsmund has done set design for theatre and dance productions in and outside institutions since 2000. Besides his stage work, Åsmund designs interior, furniture, jewelry and works with detailed carpentry. Åsmund specializes in combining wood, stone and metal using only pressure and glue. Åsmund is set designer for "Autobiography of unevents", "I am waiting for you to stop waiting". Besides doing set design for the piece AMERICA - Visions of love", Åsmund is also onstage as himself and "The naked cowboy"... closenorthproject.com
Torkel studied light design at Yale University and works for dance, theatre, opera and TV in Norway as well as international. Lately he has done Yngve Sundvors Hamlet and Hedda Gabler, Les Miserables at Den Nationale Scene with Lisa Kent and “An Evening with Robert Wilson and Jo kondo” at Guggenheim Museum in New York. Torkel did light design for “excerpts of citation...”, “What's not to love?” and “AMERICA - Visions of love”.
Gunnar is head of sound technic at Carte Blanche A/S. He creates sound design for dance and theater in addition to creating music for the research group Hemmelig Tempo and various other sound projects. Gunnar is sound designer on “What's not to love?”, “I am waiting for you to stop waiting”, “Before Long”, “Dead to the world” and “AMERICA - Visions of love”. www.hemmeligtempo.no
Martin has a bachelor in Philosophy from the University of Bergen. He dropped out of his MA to work as a freelance technician for various companies, venues and theatres in Norway. He has toured various productions as stage hand, stage manager, top rigger, sound technician and lighting technician. Past and present jobs include Stage Manager at Grieghallen, Bergen and Assembly Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Technical Manager for Borealis Festival, Oktoberdans Festival and Bergen International Festival. Martin has worked infrequently with Alan since 2004 and has been the TM for winter guests since 2008.
Kate Strong was educated with Royal Ballet School in London before she joined Zürich Ballett. Later on she joined Ballet Frankfürt an worked for 10 years with legendary choreographer William Forsythe. Kate worked at renowned Volksbühne in Berlin with Johann Kresniks "Choreografischem Theater" and later as actress with director Frank Castorf. Kate has been freelancing as an actress since 2001 working in and out of institutions in Germany and abroad. Kate performs in "What's not to love?
Camilla was educated with the state school for dance (KHIO). She went on to work with the Norwegian National Ballet before she joined Carte Blanche in 2003 where she is currently working. Camilla has won awards for her work as a dancer and has been part of several award winning productions such as Daniel Proietto's "My mood made her betray her secret". Camilla dances "I wait for you to stop waiting" and "...and Carolyn".
Tony rizzy was educated with Boston Ballet School. He joined legendary Ballet Frankfürt and William Forsythe in 1985 and remained there till 2005. Tony worked as soloist, assistant choreographer and ballet-master in the company. Next to his company work, Tony has been freelancing and creating his own work. Tony worked for Jan Fabre in several productions since 2003 as dancer and actor. Tony has created work for Boston Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Scapino Ballet and Carte Blanche. Tony performs in "What's not to love?"
Therese was educated with the state school for dance in Norway (KHIO), after studying at the Norwegian Opera Dance Shool. She joined Carte Blanche - Norways national company for contemporary dance in 1990 where she remained untill 2008. Therese has won several awards for her work as a dancer. Therese has also freelanced as a dancer and in several productions with Norwegian choreographer Ina Christel Johannesen. Therese dances in "I am waiting for you to stop waiting" and "Before Long", which was commissioned in the occasion of her leaving the carte blanche in 2008 after 18 years
Philip Schmidt was born and raised in Denmark and educated with the Royal Ballet in Copenhagen. He worked with both Royal Danish, Gothenburg Opera and New Danish Dance Theatre. Philip has been freelancing since 2007 and worked with among others choreographers Ørjan Anderson and the company Anderson Dance. Philip performs in “Before Long”.
Christian has a Master in Composition from the Grieg Academy at the University of Bergen. Besides composing works of his own, Christian is part of the critically acclaimed performance art and installation collective - “ Verdensteateret ”. Christian has done sound design for “excerpts of citation...” and “Autobiography of unevents”.